Eagles injury report: Darius Slay misses practice for second-straight day with knee injury

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver A.J. Brown, right, celebrates a catch with cornerback Darius Slay, center, and head coach Nick Sirianni, left, during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

The Philadelphia Eagles have released their second injury report ahead of this week’s pivotal clash against the Dallas Cowboys. Wednesday’s walkthrough was filled with positives but a couple of things to keep an eye on as the clash against the Cowboys draws nearer. The same can be said for today’s report.

Dallas Goedert a full participant

Dallas Goedert has missed the last three games but looks primed for a return when it matters most – on the road against the Cowboys. He’s been active in both practices this week and will likely be the teams’ starting tight end on Sunday.

Goedert has 410 yards on the season and has been a key cog both in the rushing and passing attack. His absence was absolutely noticeable and the Eagles could not be getting him back at a better time.

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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) runs with the ball after making a catch as New York Giants cornerback Adoree’ Jackson (22) tries to stop him during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Defense still missing key players

Darius Slay missed practice on Wednesday with a knee injury, although he was also listed as ‘rest’ which implied that the injury was nothing too serious.

However, Slay was also absent on Thursday with a knee injury. With Cee Dee Lamb waiting for his arrival, this is a big storyline to watch. The Eagles losing their top cornerback for this game would be a huge blow. The defense is already struggling against the pass and losing lay would only expedite those issues.

The defensive captain has 2 picks, 11 pass defenses, and 53 tackles on the year.

Zach Cunningham was sidelined last weekend and was limited on Thursday. The Eagles linebacker has been another notable absentee of this defense, with the unit really struggling against the Niners. He has amassed 47 tackles in 11 games for the Eagles this season, although he could well lose snaps to the recently-acquired Shaq Leonard, who figures to take on an increasing role as the weeks go by.

New England Patriots running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) pulls in a pass reception as Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) covers in the first half of an NFL football game in Frankfurt, Germany Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Fletcher Cox was a full participant in Thursday’s practice having made an impact against San Francisco despite missing practice all week. He’ll be back in action this weekend barring an unforeseen setback.

Eagles vs Cowboys

The Eagles are set to lock horns with the 49ers on Sunday night at 8:20PM ET from AT&T Stadium.

AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian